Grove City Council March 4 narrowly gave its approval to a revised zoning text for the proposed Farmstead residential development.

Council members Steve Robinette, Roby Schottke and Jeff Davis voted in favor of the revised document. Council members Ted Berry and Christine Houk voted against the zoning-text ordinance, continuing to voice concerns about the increased traffic from the development while suggesting the revisions do not do enough to reduce the project’s density.

Grand Communities, a company headquartered in the Cincinnati area, has proposed building 535 homes in nine subareas. In all, 415 single-family homes and 120 single-family attached units are proposed for a 209.5-acre site on the west side of Jackson Pike (state Route 104) and north of Scioto Meadows Boulevard.

Council tabled the zoning-text measure and other Farmstead legislation Feb. 19 giving the developer time to work with the city to find what Jason Wisniewski, Grand Communities vice president of planning and zoning, described as “a compromise, middle ground” to address concerns about the project’s density and the traffic it would add to Jackson Pike and state Route 665.

Among the changes to the zoning text the developer agreed to was the removal of “multi-family” as a permitted use for subarea H, Wisniewski said.

The amended document also moves the proscribed setback for the subarea to 50 feet from the Jackson Pike right of way and reduces the maximum building height to two stories, he said.

Berry made a motion to further amend the zoning text to remove “town houses” as a permitted use on subarea H. His motion would have meant that only single-family detached homes would be permitted in that subarea.

The motion was defeated 3-2, with Houk casting the only vote in support of his motion.

With council’s approval of the zoning text, the Farmstead property will now be zoned as a planned unit development area.

The zoning was subject to council’s approval of the annexation of the land from Jackson Township to the city.

Council voted to accept the annexation by the same 3-2 tally as the zoning text.

Two other measures council adopted include a development plan and a developer’s agreement for Farmstead. Those ordinances each passed by a 4-1 vote, with Houk casting the only “no” vote.

City Administrator Chuck Boso reminded council that a final development plan will still need to be approved for subarea H

“If council and the administration don’t like the layout (as presented at that time), they don’t have to approve it,” he said. “That judgment is down the road.”

It will likely take at least 10 years for the entire Farmstead project to be built out, Wisniewski said.

“This isn’t something that’s going to fall out of the sky,” he said.

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